Derek Thurber

Instructional Designer Senior - Learning Design
University Staff
WEST Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Leadership and Innovation
MaryLouFulton Teachers College


As a Senior Learning Designer at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU, Derek focuses on empowering faculty to improve the quality of their curriculum, teaching, and support of students' learning through individualized educational and organizational development services. Derek has been working across multiple higher education institutions since 2012 as a researcher, teacher, and designer focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning for all students. Derek's original research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented his research and work on learning design at numerous national conferences including AERA, Distance Teaching & Learning, EDUCAUSE, POD, and OLC Innovate.


EdD in Leadership and Innovation | Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ (Anticipated)

MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy | Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

BA in History | Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

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Research Interests

Derek's current research interest focuses on educational and organization development especially program curriculum coherence in higher education, looking at ways to understand, evaluate, and improve coherence across various conceptions of curricula (i.e., what is planned, enacted, experienced, omitted, or hidden). In the past, he has conducted research related to game-based and simulation-based learning, gamification, learning and motivation, and blended learning theory using the Community of Inquiry Framework. 


Thurber, D (2021). Designing learning experiences for the future of learning in the digital age: A proposed framework. Current Issues in Education, 22(1).

Thurber, D. & Trautvetter, L. (2020). Examining student reported interaction and satisfaction in higher education administration graduate seminar-style blended courses. Online Learning, 24(3), 184-202.


Spring 2022
Course Number Course Title
EDU 301 Why Education?
LSE 305 Conceptualizing Learning
Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
EDU 301 Why Education?
LSE 305 Conceptualizing Learning

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